MTD Executive Council

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Mr. James V. Hart


James (Jimmy) V. Hart was elected President of the Metal Trades Department (MTD), AFL-CIO, by the MTD Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of the retiring President effective July 1, 2016.

Throughout brother Hart’s career as a trade unionist, he has served in a number of leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.…

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Mr. Newton Jones

First Vice President

Newton B. Jones has served as the Boilermakers International president since July 24, 2003, when the International Executive Council elected him to complete the unexpired term of International President Charles W. Jones, who resigned after 20 years in office. In July 2006, delegates to the Boilermakers 31st Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas unanimously re-elected Newton to a five-year term.…

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Mr. Terry O’Sullivan

Second Vice President

Terry O’Sullivan became the tenth General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) on January 1, 2000, and is dedicated to growing his union’s membership and market share. O’Sullivan’s mantra is “organize or die.” Under his leadership, the union also has significantly expanded its efforts in, and commitment to, member activism, capital strategies, grassroots politics, labor-management cooperation, journeyworker upgrade training, apprenticeship, and leadership education.…

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Mr. James T. Callahan

Third Vice President

JAMES T. CALLAHAN is the General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a diversified trade union that represents 400,000 operating engineers working as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes. IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers, public employees in a wide variety of occupations, and a number of job classifications in the petrochemical industry.…

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Mr. Kenneth Rigmaiden

Fourth Vice President

Kenneth E. Rigmaiden began his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) upon graduating from California State University in San Jose in 1977. He immediately enrolled in the floor covering apprenticeship training program of Local Union 1288, and received certificates of completion from the IUPAT’s International Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund and the State of California Division of Apprenticeship Standards in 1980.…

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Joseph Sellers Jr.

Fifth Vice President

Joseph Sellers, Jr., has risen steadily in his 35 years as an industry professional and union official. A second-generation sheet metal worker, his background includes managing the union and its affiliates at every level as well as many years as a leader in education. Sellers’ foundation in the labor movement reflects values learned from his father, whose deep commitment to the union sheet metal industry spanned 55 years as a member and 30 years as a local union officer.…

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Mr. Lonnie Stephenson

Sixth Vice President

IBEW International President Lonnie R. Stephenson was born and raised in Rock Island, Ill., which borders Iowa along the Mississippi River.

He began his apprenticeship as an inside wireman in 1975 and was initiated into Rock Island Local 145 in 1976.

Lonnie was very active in his local union, and was elected vice president in 1984 and then served as president from 1987-1992.…

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Mr. Eric Dean

Seventh Vice President

Eric Dean completed his apprenticeship in 1984 and became a journeyman ironworker in Local 63 (Chicago). As an accomplished ironworker, he worked for various contractors as a journeyman, foreman and project superintendent throughout the Chicago area. From 1989 until 1995, he served as an apprentice instructor and earned the status of certified welding inspector. He became very involved in his local union serving as conductor, trustee, vice president and business agent.…

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Mr. James “Bud” McCourt

Eighth Vice President

James ”Bud” McCourt, is a long-time resident of Massachusetts and began his career with Asbestos Workers Local 6, Boston, MA as an apprentice in 1976. He received his mechanic’s card four years later in 1980 and subsequently served his local union as an executive board member from 1982 to 1984. His leadership abilities led to his election as local union president, a position he held from 1985 to 1987.…

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Mr. Robert Martinez Jr.

Ninth Vice President

As the 14th International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Bob Martinez inherits a legacy that spans the history of the North American labor movement. Seasoned by his own 36-year union career, Martinez is committed to aggressively grow the union and protect the contracts and careers of nearly 600,000 active and retired IAM members.…

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Mr. Daniel E. Stepano

Tenth Vice President

Dan became General President of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association on April 16, 2016. He was initiated into the OPCMIA on August 5, 1980, as a Plasterer in Local Union No. 31, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dan has worked in the plaster trade performing all trade processes of the craft and has served the Local Union in various positions including Recording Secretary, Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor, Executive Board Member, Business Agent, Trustee of the Health and Welfare, Apprenticeship, Pension and Annuity Funds, Business Manager and Financial Secretary.…

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Mr. Mark McManus

Eleventh Vice President

The United Association’s chief officer is General President Mark McManus. In August 2016, Mark McManus was unanimously elected as General President at the UA’s 39th General Convention and on November 10, 2016, he assumed his new position leading the nation’s most progressive and influential trade union.

The General President is responsible for supervising the day-to-day affairs of the United Association and for decisions concerning internal union governance, as well as rendering decisions and adjusting disputes and other matters affecting the organization.…

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